The Chronicle DECEMBER 2011 ISSUE # 2 Ecological Mutilation: Can it Be Reversed? By Mansee Bubber “With our modern awareness of ecology, are we likely to make sufficient progress in conservation, or are we still in danger of damaging the earth beyond repair?” Modern awareness will never be able to reverse the ecological mutilation that generations upon generations have imparted on our universal mother, Earth. Every day, trees are being cut down and the air is constantly being polluted. The conscious efforts that some people make to conserve what we have left will not be able to palpitate others‘ inconsiderate milking and misuse of the quickly diminishing resources. As the world‘s population rises, resource consumption will naturally rise, and waste management will become even more of a problem. Many individuals do not understand the importance of resource conservation, preventing pollution, and taking further steps to help the environment. We all go through many phases in our liveslike early childhood and teen phases. Likewise, there have been many modern awareness movements that have just existed for certain periods of time. For example, the content in Al Gore‘s movie ―An Inconvenient Truth". Even though the audience is flabbergasted by what pollution has caused (rising sea levels due to the melting of polar ice caps), most of these people moved on with their lives and do not worry about the effects of pollution anymore. After watching this movie, people should have started to care about how much they pollute while driving and accordingly considered alternatives. On the other hand, caring about pollution proved to simply be a phase for the people who were astonished by the facts momentarily and who applied conservational changes in their lives for only a short period of time. http://www.toonpool.com/cartoons/Mask_19022 In many countries around the world, earthconservation is probably the last priority on their to-do list. Iraq, for example, is a country is filled with destruction because of the ongoing war and has no infrastructure whatsoever because of this. In addition, oil is still being sold after all that has happened and none of the money made from the sales is going towards preserving whatever is left. Other countries like India, have started to take action. One is called ―The Clean up Mumbai‖ effort. Nevertheless, the number of cars on the streets practically doubles every year- thus, causing irreparable damage to the earth‘s atmosphere. In addition, many uneducated people are not bothered about the damage they may be causing to the earth; they only care about their own survival. “What man calls civilization always results in deserts. Man is never on the square – he uses up the fat and greenery of the earth. Each generation wastes a little more of the future with greed and lust for riches.” – Don Marquis Ban the Bottle >FULL INDEX ON A2 A2 · THE CHRONICLE · DECEMBER 2011 WORLD NEWS INDEX A World News Environ., A1 CEOs, A2 ___________________________________ H Human Interest The Penguins, H1 Editorial, H1 and H2 Christmas, H2 Dog’s life. H3 Book review, H3 ___________________________________ O Opinion Pieces TV Recommendations, O1 Life in a Box, O1 and O2 Misc. Opinion, O2 Comics, O2 ___________________________________ X St. Francis Xavier Tangled, X1 The one about paper, X1 and X2 Zoff Fashion Show, X2 Council News, X3 Sudoku, X3 CEO Compensation: Deserving Workers or Greedy Lottery Winners By Adam Smith http://www.mattmacdonald.ca/blog/?currentPage=10 Are CEOs paid too much? Can someone justify paying a single person, what the Column 1, X2 average Canadian makes for a year of work, ___________________________________ by lunch time on the first day? Yes and no. A typical Canadian CEO is in charge of the entire business operation of a company. Lululemon, for example, is a Vancouver based company that has stores all across Canada and the United States. This giant company caters to a lot of people, who shop at a lot of locations. There is a lot potential for chaos, and a shocking amount of responsibility that accompanies the havoc. Don‘t parents normally reward their children for taking on extra responsibility? So why wouldn‘t someone put into this real world situation be compensated? On the other hand, they are still regular people, and while their work is important, some would say integral. However, there are a lot of other people that are integral to a corporation‘s/organization‘s/company‘s success that don‘t make six million dollars a year. Yes, that is the average for what a Canadian CEO makes in a year, that‘s like winning the lottery, every year, for the average Canadian's working life. A wonderful allegory for that particular situation is the new movie starring Amanda Seyfried and Justin Timberlake, In Time. The basic premise of the movie is that the rich, who have all of the benefits in the world, happen to be the minority and the poor, who are the majority, are left to struggle to survive. Sound familiar? It sounds almost like a certain protest that has been going on in most major cities in North America for the past couple of months. That is right, the Occupy Movement, which have stubbornly been inhabiting city parks, in major urban centres. While the movement has not yet demanded anything, they are a passionate group of people, with a fairly loud voice. In the end, a higher pay cheque is deserved. CEOs must go through a lot of schooling, a lot of prestigious, expensive schooling. The kind of education that not many people are given the opportunity to gain, and are not able to gain. However, that being said, the price tag that most are toting behind them right now is outrageous. They can afford to take a pay cut, a small one yes. Maybe, instead of earning seven figures, they can fall back into the six figure range, but that is wishful thinking. No matter how unfair it is, no matter what is right, or ethical, the CEOs will be paid, what CEOs are paid. … H1 · THE CHRONICLE · DECEMBER 2011 HUMAN INTEREST Fling of the Flightless By Eric Flockhart http://scaramouchee.blogspot.com/2011/12/ saddest-story-of-day-torontos-gay.html What if they only like to swim with each other? What if they want to move in and live together? What if they are both male? What if they are both penguins? As astounding as it sounds, two seemingly ―over-friendly‖ African Penguins at the Toronto Zoo have captured large amounts of attention from the media. The two adorable flightless birds are the best of friends, and just like the ―B.F.F‘s‖ of the human species, they do everything together. The penguins, Pedro and Buddy, have often been seen swimming, eating, playing, and even nesting together. This has prompted zoo-goers to question the true nature of their relationship and ask: could these penguins actually be homosexual? With a little research, many would find that this is not entirely unheard of. In fact, in 2005, two male Chinstrap Penguins at the Central Park Zoo successfully hatched and raised a young chick from an egg that was given to them by zoo keepers. This pair, Roy and Silo, were together for two mating seasons before splitting up and finding female partners. In the rest of the Animal Kingdom, countless species have been recorded displaying homosexual behaviour. Over 20 species of mammals including elephants and cheetah, 4 species of birds, many species of fish, over 15 species of reptiles and amphibians, and hundreds of species of insects have been known to exhibit some form of homosexuality. This begs the question: Why are these two innocent penguins causing such uproar if this type of behaviour has been seen before? The workers at the Toronto Zoo may have something to do with this. Tom Mason, the curator of birds and invertebrates at the Toronto Zoo, and his co-workers have been forced to separate the two penguins as it is their job to match them with females and produce offspring for this World Wildlife Fund recognized endangered species. Mason believes that people try to visualize issues that occur within the animal world in relation to those of the human species. This causes the same type of outcry that the Toronto Zoo has dealt with in recent weeks from people who believe that it is yet another example of taking away the rights of gays. Regardless, it has proven to be a touchy subject, especially in this modern society where acceptance and inclusion has become more and more important. In light of the commotion caused by the public, the Toronto Zoo has stated that they will reunite the couple of Buddy and Pedro after they have mated. In reality, it doesn‘t matter what us humans think; as long as the penguins are happy. Editorial Who Knows How to Teach? By Ritika Chakrabarty From a student's perspective, the willingness and drive to do well often lies with the teacher teaching the course. However irrational it may sound, the fact is that I, along with many other students, perform better in a class when we like and respect the teacher and educating style. Many people will argue that while we can't always get teachers or professors that we like, we still need to do well. However, I strongly believe that because it is in high school that we are introduced to the subjects that will more likely than not become the basis of our future, we deserve to be selective about the people that will be introducing us to them. What constitutes a ‗good‘ teacher? According to the results of a poll, the overwhelming majority of students believe that a good teacher is one who accepts that they have a diverse set of students with various opinions, levels of understanding and learning styles. A good teacher is also someone who can challenge and respect the intellectual ideas of students. When St. Francis Xavier S.S. students were asked why they liked their favourite teachers, I was very surprised. I had expected to hear answers such as, ―Oh, he marks so easy‖ or ―[W]e barely get any assignments from her.‖ However, the students in our school have surprised me. Their answers were insightful and carefully thought-out. Most students listed the traits STORY CONTINUED ON H2… H2 · THE CHRONICLE · DECEMBER 2011 HUMAN INTEREST Who knows how to teach? contd. they loved about their teachers. Many said that their teachers used their own personal experiences to relate to the course. Also mentioned was the fact that some students are afraid of specific teachers but then went on to say that the fear keeps them in check and motivates them to work that much harder to please their teacher. For teachers and students to exist in harmony, there should be open lines of communication. Teachers are not the enemy, they are here to help. Similarly, students are not immature brats who are here to make trouble; most of us, contrary to popular belief, are here to get as much out of our educators as we possibly can. We want what they have to offer. But we, despite our age, also have much to offer. As society changes, so too should the methods of education; at Xavier we are fortunate to have the evolution of teaching and learning happening every day. http://rustleblog.wordpress.com/ Stealing Christmas By Ritika Chakrabarty I must admit—I am the type of person who gets that tingly feeling in my toes during this time of year. I am usually the stereotypical warm-fire-loving, hotchocolat-guzzling, tree-decorating, carolsinging fanatic. Usually being the key word there. This year, I find myself walking through mundane rain-soaked streets and ugly yellow-brown fields of dying grass. Is the excitement of Christmas dying out? What is December without snow? For the first time ever, the Grinch in me is surfacing, and I find myself scowling at every mention of the holiday season. With every passing year, I feel the so-called ―Christmas spirit‖ ebbing farther and farther away. I can‘t help thinking that perhaps it‘s because I‘m getting older, and when I want to avoid thinking of the horrible prospect of growing up, I blame the alternative: perhaps it‘s because I feel so strongly about the absence of snow. Or maybe it‘s not me at all; maybe Christmas has just become an inconvenience, a big bother—think of all that money spent on people we talk to barely http://www.falsegravity.com/?p=426 once a year, all that needless worry about that last-minute shopping, and the worst of all, the lack of sleep. Malls become unbearable, with a bustling throng of shoppers aggressively shoving their way past their ‗competition‘. When did the holidays become so stressful? I remember it being ten times more enjoyable when I was five—back when the Christmas season meant having a generous supply of hugs, kisses, and perhaps a few presents as well. The simplicity of the joy I felt then was what made me love Christmas. Shouldn‘t it be that way every year? H3 · THE CHRONICLE · DECEMBER 2011 HUMAN INTEREST It’s a Dog’s Life By C. Perrotta Pooler I recently experienced my first run-in with a mean dog. I am generally the kind of person who will extend my arm at the approach of any dog, regardless of size, and was confronted by this mean little dog while walking my eight month old puppy last week. Charlie noticed the dog well before I did and started his usual routine of choking himself to try to get closer to the fast-moving pooch and his owner. While I struggled to keep Charlie walking beside me and not walking me, I looked up ahead to see this little dog and his owner moving quickly towards the entrance of the park. I noticed the owner look back at Charlie and I, only to quicken her pace, and realized that she was trying to avoid us. I was disappointed by this attempted escape and wondered what the woman was thinking as she tried to thwart our impending arrival; as Charlie was now dragging me down the sidewalk in a classic Marmaduke cartoon-like way. When we got close enough for her to hear me telling Charlie to heel, the woman turned around and said, ―my dog‘s not friendly. He doesn‘t like other dogs.‖ I couldn‘t believe she had just said this to me. This woman was unapologetically telling me that her dog was unfriendly. When we got a little closer Charlie bounded over to the mean dog with the fun-loving demeanor of a happy puppy; and when Mean Dog growled and bared his teeth, Charlie ran behind my leg to hide. It didn‘t take him more than a few seconds to try to appeal to his new ―friend‖ again, and he was met with the same fierce cruelty. Charlie looked up at me in confusion; ―why doesn‘t this dog want to be my Charlie, after his walk friend?‖ The point is that Charlie tried again, and when we saw Mean Dog again two days later, Charlie was willing to extend a paw, even though he was once again brutally denied. Sometimes in life it is easier to put up a wall or show a hard façade so that others are afraid to approach us; and doing this means that we don‘t have to let people get to know us. I think we could learn a lot from Charlie‘s encounter with Mean Dog; if we go through life growling with bared teeth, we will never make friends with the Charlie‘s of the world. The Hangman’s Daughter By Chloe M G The Hangman‘s Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch, strangely, is not really about the hangman‘s daughter. More accurately, the book should be named simply The Hangman, or The Physicians Son, or The Wagon Driver, or the Burgers, or The Devil with The Bone Hand, or The Inn Keeper, or The Midwife, or The Orphans, or maybe even Jakob Schreevogl, the stovemaker. The Hangman‘s Daughter, set in 1667 is about a child (the child of the wagon drivers, whose long and sad history is readily divulged) who is murdered and found with a strange symbol marked on his back. The town immediately proclaims witchcraft and hunts down the midwife. The hangman and the physician, convinced of her innocence, hunt down the murderer on their own. But as they delve deeper into the mystery, children start to die, (all orphans) and one child was seen being kidnapped by the devil himself. The book is -quite frankly- amazingly well researched, if a bit bogged down with needless expositions of foresaid research. And while there are places where the book can be quite repetitive, they are usually easily skimmed over and don‘t detract too much from the plot. Speaking of the plot, it was pretty well developed. The repetition gave readers time to think about what was really going on. There were many twists and complexities in the plot, more than enough to keep a sustained interest. If you are looking for a book where every word is meaningful and the title gives deep and eloquent insight into the book, then this is not the book for you. But if you are looking for an enjoyable read which deviates from your standard reading list, or the series of clichés that populate a great majority of popular fiction, then, this is the book for you. This is the book for you if you are looking for a quick thrill that will keep you on the edge of your seat. O1 · THE CHRONICLE · DECEMBER 2011 OPINION PIECES Television Recommendation: A show you should have been watching By Mathura Thiyagarajah The holiday season presents a break from television shows as most only return from the winter hiatus after News Year‘s Day. If you are not too busy wrapping presents, spending time with family and friends, or finishing up gifts from teachers (a.k.a. Christmas Break homework), you could distract yourself with watching a show that will never make you wait for new episodes. For those of you who are graduating and have university applications on your mind, take your mind off the intimidating future after graduation by watching this underrated drama about college life. Greek is an ABC family drama with a heavy dose of witty dialogue and delightful characters that only has a four-season run, with the final season consisting of ten episodes. It centers around two siblings who could not be any more different. Casey Cartwright is on her way to becoming the president of her sorority, ZBZ, and has used her time in college to build a secure social life rather than dedicate her time to studying. Her freshman brother, Rusty Cartwright, is the epitome of a nerd (he‘s majoring in Polymer Science) but is determined to turn his social life around. What better way than to delve into Greek life like his über-popular sister and rush a fraternity? The pilot introduces a cast of colourful characters with clear stereotypes: the entitled president of the preppiest fraternity, the ditzy sorority girl, the rich girl who is used to getting her way, and the ultimate fraternity slacker. The show is set up as frivolous, with characters who care way too much about which sorority is on top and when the next party is. It does not take long for every single one of these stereotypes to be shredded and replaced with deep, multi-dimensional characters. At the forefront is the development of Casey and Rusty‘s sibling relationship from non-existent to powerfully supportive. I originally overlooked the show because not only was it an ABC Family drama (the network is not always known for producing more mature, quality shows) but it was also a lot less accessible in Canada than its ABC Family counterparts, such as The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Greek, however, offers a much more enjoyable watching experience than other teen dramas on major networks. Its smart writing and ability to deal with everyday issues in an overthe-top setting of fraternity and sorority life never comes off as preachy or insincere. A show dedicated to the college experience is rarely found http://abcfamily.go.com/shows/greek amidst the slew of high school dramas. While there are certain shows that follow their characters to college, the transition often loses viewers or the original essence of the show. Greek may not be the most realistic portrayal of college and will definitely be more difficult for Canadians to relate to but it does actually touch upon the topics of choosing a major, sitting in lectures, failing a course, and other firsts associated with the move to college. It is definitely a show that would appeal to all sorts of viewers because it contains elements for everyone, whether that is laugh-out-loud comedy, complicated romantic entanglements, and pop culture references. Ultimately, Greek is a show about finding yourself, improving yourself, and being true to yourself – without the excessive corniness of other shows. Life In a Box By Sarah-Michelle Nemeth Tom Stoppard once said, ―Life in a box is better than no life at all.‖ Is this statement true? Sometimes it seems as though there is all this pressure from society, and even from ourselves, to be a certain person and live a certain life. We are often unable to control the circumstances in which we find ourselves and therefore end up settling for ‗second-best‘ in whichever path of life we are guided toward. However, there will come a time in our lives when we will inevitably realize that we are trapped. All we will see are four walls with nothing to offer. We will wonder how we were ever happy in such a lonely and dull environment. We thought we had friends and interesting lives but will soon come to the realization that we are, in fact, living unsatisfactory and isolated lives. The media, society, friends and family have all driven us into this box with their high expectations, grueling standards, and their idea of how things ‗should‘ be. We are born, grow up, go to school, get a job, get married, have children, grow old and die. STORY CONTINUED ON O2… O2 · THE CHRONICLE · DECEMBER 2011 OPINION PIECES Life in a Box contd. Get Re-Connected By C. Perrotta Pooler and K. Pooler ―If you make sure you're connected, the writing's on the wall But if your mind's neglected, stumble you might fall‖ -Stereo MC‘s Connected http://anthonyrojas.deviantart.com/art/Recycled-Life-in-a-Box-quot-ARquot-173671554 Such is society‘s standard of a normal life. But where does everyone else fit in? What about the ones who go on to live extravagant lives by taking on uncommon careers such as that of a performing artist? What about the minorities in society— homosexual persons, impoverished individuals, those shadowed by addiction, and others who do not fit these standards? Are they not people too? Society does not have a place for those who do not fit into the ‗mould‘. It seems as though society does not want to make place for such individuals, since those people are still struggling to find a place to belong. Now comes our moment to intervene. To break down the box we live in, to let others in, to show the world who we are instead of hiding ourselves away. It is time to be extroverted. To take all the standards and stereotypes and throw them out the window. By breaking the stereotypes that confine not only ourselves but others as well, we are allowing those without a voice to have a say. Those who do not fit into our strict mould are being given an opportunity to break out of their tiny, isolated boxes. The world is only as dark as we make it. By living in our boxes, we surely cannot see the light of our world. Breaking down our walls will give us all a chance to see how bright the world is and just how bright everyone else is too. We are all unique flowers—each with our own colour, petals, stem and roots; some wilted and others blossoming nicely; some in the best soil; and some growing in decaying dirt. Regardless of the type of flower or soil, one thing is certain: no flower can survive in a box. We all need sunlight—some kind of light that can only be seen if we consciously choose to free ourselves from life in a box. It‘s difficult to connect in meaningful ways when there are so many distractions. Technology has enabled the information age to prosper and we are seemingly more connected than we ever have been. With a few clicks we can connect with people from all over the world; including friends, family, and industry. However, when we are in the persistent pattern of constantly sending texts, checking emails, BBMing, clicking like, commenting, adding friends, poking, tweeting, minimizing popups and navigating between social sites, do we falsely feel well-connected? Perhaps we are just staying busy and perhaps we are maintaining communications with our 500+ Facebook ‗friends‘, but during this technological surge the gap has widened on the lack of meaningful interaction with those close to us. We have consequently forgotten how to interact in face-time, because face-time is now a feature offered by Apple‘s iPhone and is not a one-onone conversation with a friend. This is not to say that technology is the enemy. It has enabled society in many constructive and useful ways. It has brought information to our fingertips in a way that my generation never dreamed possible. I know I would have certainly benefitted from the internet when I was in high school, but instead I had to do my research the old-fashioned way – by picking up and reading a book. For as useful as technology has become, there still remains the problem that it also disables us from real concentration and meaningful conversations without distraction. As I write this article I have received two email notifications in the bottom righthand corner of the screen, been alerted by my blackberry with two BBM messages and one Facebook update, and have screened two phone calls from my good friends the telemarketers. The trick is what I choose to occupy my thoughts and energies with does not always need to include the technology that surrounds me. It‘s nice to set to silent, log out and power down for a little while, to re-connect with the things that are the most important in life. Save the Date… For Xavier’s Semi Formal: February 17th 2012 O3 · THE CHRONICLE · DECEMBER 2011 OPINION PIECES The Chronicle Crossword Made by C. Perrotta Pooler and R. Chakrabarty 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 Across 2. Searches for the cup of Christ 4. Art Spiegleman's "Survivor's Tale" 5. Susie Salmon, like the fish 8. Chaucer's Tales 11. Bradbury's novel ___________________ 451 12. Pen name is Carroll 14. Searches for himself in New York City; wonders about the ducks 17. The first rule is, you do not talk about it 18. Safran Foer novel; Extremely...Incredibly 19. Novel about a 19th Century matchmaker 20. "Something is rotten in the state of Denmark." 21. Father and lawyer in Maycomb County 22. McEwan novel; Briony Tallis aspires to be a writer Down 1. James Joyce's controversial novel 3. Famous Jewish diary writer 6. Schoolboys become savages; Golding novel 7. Nineteen Eighty-Four writer 9. Huxley's dystopian fantasy 10. The Autobiography of ___________________________ 13. The Modern Prometheus 15. His book about the jazz age coined the term 16. Author who wrote the famous line, "Stelllllllaaa!" O4 · THE CHRONICLE · DECEMBER 2011 ] COMICS To be continued… X1 · THE CHRONICLE · DECEMBER 2011 ST. FRANCIS XAVIER Get your tickets in the Drama Room (106) X2 · THE CHRONICLE · DECEMBER 2011 ST. FRANCIS XAVIER Tangled By Sarah-Michelle Nemeth No matter how hard I try, It always gets tangled, in a Royal mess of wire and knots Careful as I might try to be, Gently placing it down, In the morning when I wake, There it lies, Tangled up in its twisted ways Smoothly unraveling every contorted line, Laying it in a smoothed bundle to rest, But when I reach for it at night, Again, I find it tangled It‘s something I‘ve come to accept, My mother warned me and My brother glares at my ways, But still I reach For the tangled mess I call home. The joy it brings outweighs the struggle to untangle the mess I know I‘ve made. The One about Paper By Chloe M G It was eminent. We could see it coming. We were too important to be left alone, what we could tell others was too great. The secrets we revealed too powerful. The waiting was the worst part. Knowing our future, seeing it happen, again and again in front of us, it was torture. We would be separated first, into small, more manageable groups. Separated from all we have known. The lucky ones would have a friend or two, but some of us, would go it alone. When we had first breathed, we were full of promise, blank pages waiting to be written on, waiting for our identities- for the words that would define us- for the marks that would bind us, for the knowledge that would taint us. We waited. And the waiting is always the worst part. Seeing it happen is bad, but the noises, you can never escape the noises. Even to them it is horrific. As they force us through it, as they watch us tear and be cut into pieces, their eyes show no mercy, but when the noises sound. Then they change. Not all of them mind you but if the cries of our brethren are enough to grate the ears of even one of our makers then it must be a terrible cry indeed. We call them makers, though we existed before. We always exist before. But we were nothing. We were one, and one is all but all is nothing. And until we are defined, until we are marked, until then we are not made. We existed before them, but they made us. It was dark, it was always dark and some of us, and because we are one that makes all of us, have memories. Vague impressions of greens and browns, vague impressions of odd feelings. Of solidness. Of sturdiness. Of strange melodious sounds and a swaying feeling. Of light and movement and openness. These memories, no one knows where they come from, not even the ones who are here before. They may be few in number, the hard-earned survivors, one of them too important to kill, others, still waiting. Waiting is always the worst part. For are whole lives are waiting and the only thing to end the waiting is death. As they force us down the machine, as our soul splits into pieces. As those strips of soul X3 · THE CHRONICLE · DECEMBER 2011 ST. FRANCIS XAVIER The One about Paper contd. rest among the other strips of other souls we try to remember. Or, so we are told. We are told that is what we must do. We can hear the call of the pieces of souls, they call to each other, but sometimes they call to us. They are terrible garbled things, deformed, misshaped. They lie there, mangled and alone, waiting. Waiting is the torture. Not the machine. Because even after the machine we must wait in our agony. Wait for them to come and empty our prison cell into another large bin. After that, some say is eternal happiness. But others, others similar to our kind, claim the torture starts anew. We are forced again into existence; we are sewn together into a new being made of many different souls. After that we once again become marked, but differently so, and our purpose is greater. We are bound then far more than we are bound now, some say. And we can never go through the machine again. That, they say, is the only way to escape it. To escape the waiting, we must wait. We must wait to face it to turn away from it. We must wait for the end to begin again. Waiting is our torture. Not the shredder. ZOFF The Fashion Show A Fashion Show is not just about the clothes, but about the story behind the clothes. The woman that is meant to wear the clothes is substantial in the artifice of Fashion. ZOFF 2012 was built around the classic woman. The pearls, the heels, the floral designs, the long dresses, and the ruching. I took inspiration from the classic woman, but I also threw in elements of younger women. The collared skirts and form fitting designs held the collection together, while the accents like the floral pattern and flower-like appliqués gave a younger touch to classic pieces. As well, my accessories had to follow suit; I used costume pearls, and neckties to add a romantic approach, while the chains and multiple belts threw in a punk aspect to the collection. In my family, women are seen as mother figures, career women, and are the people who run the show. I recall what my mom, my nonna, and my aunts wear: simple, elegant, multi-purpose pieces. They‘re probably not wearing Valentino or Chanel, but the women in my family know what looks good. The one thing that continues to keep me inspired is their ability to be strong, crazy, and audacious! Yet they still manage to shed a tear and a happy smile when they get a mother‘s day card. Both the fact of the women in my life and the idea that a woman can walk down the street in anything ― the pure fantasy, the dreams ― is what makes fashion, for me anyways, alive! I would like to thank all of the wonderful people who made this show possible. The beautiful people, are: my mother and father, Adam Smith, Rachel Baretto, Dillanique Knight, Christine Ang, Mrs. S. Ihnatowycz, Mrs. E. Boutette, Mr. B. Somers, Ms. M. Davis, Ms. L. Gallant, Dannielle James, Melissa Campoli, Natasha Crasto, Ritika Chakrabarty, Ola Suchon, Jasmine So, Sadicka Barwhani, Dalia Naser, Eric Flockhart, Shahida Islam, Ms. Chow, Ms. C. DiMichele, and all of those who were able to support the show. Finally, I would like to thank David Dixon at David Dixon INC, for his support and generosity throughout my co-op at his studio. My journey would not be in the same universe without this co-op adventure. To all who wish to dream, you must close your eyes, so that you can open them to the Wonders Unknown. -M. Zoffranieri X3 · THE CHRONICLE · DECEMBER 2011 XAVIER STUDENT COUNCIL A Word from Student Council Student Council would like to wish Xavier staff and students and their families a safe and happy holiday season. We hope that the spirit of the season will be with you as you connect with family and friends. We also hope you find the time to relax and unwind so you feel rejuvenated and ready for exams and another great semester. Merry Christmas and happy New Year, Xavier! Stay tuned for the January issue of the Chronicle! The EXAM Issue: Useful study tips How to stay focused How to keep from getting stressed out …and MORE! CanYou Sudoku? The objective of the game is to fill all the blank squares in a game with the correct numbers. There are three very simple constraints to follow. In a 9 by 9 square Sudoku game: Every row of 9 numbers must include all digits 1 through 9 in any order Every column of 9 numbers must include all digits 1 through 9 in any order Every 3 by 3 subsection of the 9 by 9 square must include all digits 1 through 9 How to reach the Editors and the teacher advisor: Ritika Chakrabarty Dalia Naser Mrs. Perrotta Pooler email@example.com Send us your articles, creative writing pieces, drawings or letters for advice!